Labor Day by the Numbers

If Memorial Day is the exciting kickoff to summer, Labor Day is often seen as its bittersweet close. As you prepare to fire up the grill this year, take a few minutes to read about the numbers behind this national holiday.

First: week of September on which Labor Day always falls; it was chosen because it provides a nice bridge between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving .

1894: the year President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day an official national holiday.

7: years earlier, in 1887, when Oregon kicked off the trend by becoming the first state to recognize it as a holiday. New York might get the original credit, though, since they held a parade in 1882, the first of its kind.

12: hours in the average work day in the 1800s, when Labor Day was developed. People also generally worked 7 days a week. They started younger, too: before labor reforms, children as young as 5 or 6 were put to work in factories, on farms, and in other places.

1916: the year that the Adamson Act was passed, on September 3rd, to mandate an eight-hour work day.

The average adult working full-time today puts in a 47 hour work week. Around 36% of them admit to frequently checking emails outside of work hours.

Studies show that most American workers leave for work between the (oddly specific) times of 7:00 and 7:29 AM.

Around 35 million Americans hit the road — or the sky — to travel on Labor Day every year either to take advantage of the long weekend or to get to a celebration. It’s one of the busiest travel weekends of the summer every year.

Labor Day is one of the top 3 grilling holidays of the year; the other two, as you might expect, are the Fourth of July and Memorial Day.

Whether you spend it grilling or packing up your white clothes, have a happy, safe Labor Day!


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